Oxidative cleavage of 1,3-diaryl/(heteroaryl)benzo[c]furans into 1,2-diaroyl/(heteroaroyl)benzenes using selenium dioxide

Reaction of 1,3-disubstituted isobenzofurans (IBFs) with selenium dioxide in tetrahydrofuran (THF) at room temperature led to the formation of 1,2-diaroyl/(heteroaroyl)benzenes in good to excellent yields.